The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
I want to start off by saying if you never listen to my advice on a book again, make this be the last one. (Although I hope you take all of my recommendations into consideration.) You will NOT find another story that will move you like this one! This book is the exemplification of phenomenal. It's riveting and emotional. You will not be disappointed.
I am fully aware that there are going to be people who are not going to like this book. The subject matter in this story is such a sensitive subject and may not be received well by everyone.
From the blurb, you can surmise that this book takes you on a journey you may not want to go on. Oh. My, Gawd. I will not lie to you. I had to put this book down and walk away a few times. Not because I didn't like it, but because I was on emotional overload. It is a such a heavy story. Months later, I still get goosebumps thinking about this book.
This story takes you on a journey following four students during the worst 54 minutes of their lives. It goes minute by minute. Each segment gives you the same time frame from each of the four perspectives. They are each on a different part of the chaos and slaughter. So to say that this story is not for the weak hearted would be an understatement.
This book will make your stomach turn. You will have many tears. Your heart might beat so fast, you make get winded. This story is gripping, heartbreaking and fast-paced. I cannot sing enough praise for this remarkable story.
My rating: 5 gripping stars